Family and Medical Leave Act 101 [infographic]

March 29, 2013 |  by  |  Government  |  1 Comment
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Here is something you didn’t know: 62% of working Americans at a FMLA covered employeer qualify for 12 weeks of unpaid FMLA leave. 62% of FMLA covered working Americans also do not know about FMLA leave. Of course we’ve all heard of maternity leave, but most employees are covered under many different circumstances including personal and family health problems, caring for young children, family deaths and military leave.

America is a working society. We don’t work nine to five. We work until the job is done, especially since the recession. Many other countries like Australia have very strict labor laws, and when the clock hits five they’re done. We Yankees should take note: work isn’t everything.

The big problem is the ‘unpaid’ part of it all. Almost 80% of qualified citizens wont take FMLA leave because they straight up can’t afford it. Maybe its good these people don’t take leave, there are almost 1000 cases annually of FMLA violations by employers. The biggest culprit is outright termination. Think you’re protected by the FMLA law to take care of your sick mother? Too bad, you’re fired.

Out of almost 2000 cases of wrongful termination or discrimination under FMLA a year, half are dismissed. Bet you’re not so keen on that sick leave now are you? The Family and Medical Leave Act has helped millions over the years, but now at over twenty years old it may need another look. [FLMA Forms]

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How to Dress for an Interview [infographic]

March 28, 2013 |  by  |  Business  |  6 Comments
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You have spent an absurd amount of time preparing for that big interview, and you finally landed it! Now the next big thing to worry about is what to wear. First impressions have lasting effect on employers, therefore, you don’t want to go looking like a dirty hobo or a fashionista. Every tiny detail of your wardrobe that day can determine the impression you leave on an employer. I can recall an interview I had not too long ago: the girl next to me looked put together for the most part, but her chipped neon green nail polish had me cringing each time she moved her hands. If I noticed, I’m sure the employer noticed. Thankfully, today’s infographic on what to wear to a job interview will keep you from making any wardrobe mistakes. So don’t put any more stress on yourself, consult this infographic and I’m sure you’ll nail your interview and snag your dream job! [via]

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How Does Netflix affect Buzz? [Infographic]

March 27, 2013 |  by  |  Business, Entertainment  |  No Comments
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I won’t be the first to say it, but Netflix is a great thing. Growing up in the country without cable was rough. Driving half an hour or more just to rent a movie was always a pain. Once we got Netflix however, my parents and I could enjoy quality cinema and television at home every week (and no, I’m not being paid to say this, I just really like Netflix). Looking back though, it seems like we might have been ahead of the curve. TV is beginning to be consumed differently these days.

Take House of Cards for instance. This is the first big-series release from Netflix. With Kevin Spacey and David Fincher’s involvement, the series has had a major draw. In fact, upon it’s release, House of Cards had the highest percentage of overall buzz within the first week of its premiere on Twitter. But since the series was released in ‘bulk’ (all episodes available at once), it did not carry momentum. In fact, the online conversation has decreased at a much higher rate than other similarly popular series.

So what does this mean for a show maintaining relevance? Certainly quality will speak for itself in the long run; but there is a certain excitement in the ritual of a weekly viewing time. What do you think? Is primetime a thing of the past? Let us know your opinion by commenting below!

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Greatest Hollywood Cars [infographic]

March 26, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Movies  |  1 Comment
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Hollywood is all about fast cars. Fast cars, pretty ladies and flashy clothes. Cars define some films, leaving a mark and becoming iconic. If the Batmobile drove past you on the highway you wouldn’t simply think to yourself “that’s a creepy car.” You would immediately know that it is the car of the famous vigilante.

Today’s infographic details some of the fastest, flashiest, time-traveling cars in Hollywood. From Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to The Tumbler, you can read all about each car, its specs, any enhancements and the cost. In the market for a new car? Maybe start with the list below and get some ideas. Sometimes you just really need to drive around at 142 miles per hour, and you will only be able to accomplish that with The “New” Bond Car.

Do you have a favorite Hollywood car? I have to go with The DeLorean, because “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”‘[Via]
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Deciphering Your Financial Award Letter [Infographic]

March 25, 2013 |  by  |  Education, Government  |  No Comments
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If you’re a senior in high school who is considering attending a college or university once you graduate, there is a good chance that you’ve already started looking at various grants and scholarships. As many people could tell you, the college experience can definitely be costly; between tuition, room and board, food and personal expenses, the price can really begin to add up. That high cost is exactly why it’s a good idea to sit down as early as possible with your scholarship and grant material and thoroughly go over all the factors to find the best possible price.

Today’s infographic from Citizens Bank gives prospective college students a good overview for what to look for when determining cost factors for attending school. Remember that after all of the grant, scholarship and family contributions, there will still likely be more left to be paid, so it’s possible a federal or personal loan may be a good outlet for you. It’s also a good idea to try to find any scholarships or grants in your local community that could help you on your way.

For more helpful hints on scholarships and paying college tuition, have a look at the infographic below. [private student loans]

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